BRISTOL, Tenn. (Tuesday, July 5, 2011) -- Thunder Valley will rumble with the sound of Ford horsepower during the July 9-10 Ford Blue Oval Bash at Bristol Dragway.
 
High-performance racing action, Ford’s sweetest street machines and extreme exhibition vehicles make this one of the most exciting Ford events around.
 
Action begins on Saturday with a test and tune session open to all manufacturers. The day also includes Ford vs. The World, an event that pits the Fords against all comers. Ford fans should come cheer their favorite brand to victory over the invading Chevys and Mopars.
 
Electronics and non-electronics will run separate in Ford vs. The World competition until there are four cars remaining in each class. The classes then will be combined to determine the ultimate champion.
 
Fans ready to prove they can tame a monster truck, will want to climb aboard the Stone Crusher Ford ride truck which will thrill fans throughout the event.
 
One of the major highlights for competitors at the Blue Oval Bash is the True Street cruise.  The racers in this class take a short cruise to prove their cars truly are street-worthy, and then return back to Bristol Dragway to slug it out to determine the ultimate champion.
 
A new class for 2011 is the Mustang Street Fight Class. This class is open to any street-legal Ford vehicle. Trophies will be awarded for fastest elapsed time, best reaction time and best appearing.  
 
The inaugural Dixie Hitter’s race will provide plenty of horsepower as the baddest street machines in the region battle it out in Thunder Valley.  The Dixie Hitter’s will qualify on Saturday, July 9th at 4pm & 5pm and eliminations will begin at 6pm.  
 
Yesterday’s classics, as well as today’s favorites, will be on hand in the car show display area on Saturday.
 
Any Ford die-hard looking for special memorabilia or those hard-to-find parts also will want to check out the vendors’ midway and the swap meet and car corral.
 
Exciting Ford-only competition continues on Sunday in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman.
 
Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the test and tune session at 9 a.m. Ford vs. The World begins at 1:30 p.m., while the True Street cruise takes place at 2 p.m. Car show awards will be handed out at 4 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, with time trials at 10 a.m. Bracket eliminations follow.
 
Tickets are $20 on both Saturday and Sunday, while a weekend pass good for both days is available for $30.
 
For more information about the Ford Blue Oval Bash, please call (423) BRISTOL or visit www.bristoldragway.com <http://www.bristoldragway.com> .


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